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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Jan 31, 2009 12:28am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

I don't know. But last time I checked very few Australian films from before 1990 are on DVD. Most of the pre-1945 films are lost. To this day the Australian Broadcasting Corporation denies there were any Australian movies made before 1966's They're a Weird Mob.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 31, 2009 3:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

And "Weird Mob" was made by a Brit in exile (Michael Powel). With "Not Quite Hollywood" comming out recently there has been a rush on Australian 60s and 70s movies. Check Out Umbrella Entertainment they have about a hundred Aussie films out now.

As far as I know, there were no Australian serials made. If any were made they probably don't survive.

Australian cinema's used to play imported American serials on the Saturday Matinee for kids. There was a write-up in the age when we started to get some serials on DVD a couple of years ago here.

There were lots of shorts with popular comic strip characters like "Ginger Meggs" and "Fatty Finn" but these weren't serials they were self contained episodes and very few of them survive.

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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Jan 31, 2009 3:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

That's very nice, but I still am waiting for Australian cinema from the 1940's/1950's to come to DVD. My parents didn't like 1960's Australia the first time around, so frankly, I don't want to experience it.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 31, 2009 5:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

This is a list of all of the Australian features made 1930 until 1969. Title, Year & Director. If they were ever released on video it has a * if it was released on DVD it has a # and the link is there if it is on IA.

The Cheaters (1930, Paulette McDonagh)
Fellers (1930, Arthur Fellers)
Diggers (1931, F W Thring)
Spur of the Moment (1931, A R Harwood)
His Royal Highness (1932, F W Thring) *
On Our Selection (1932, Ken Hall) *
The Sentimental Bloke (1932, F W Thring)
Diggers in Blighty (1933, Pat Hanna)
Harmony Row (1933 F W Thring)
The Haysweeds (1933, Beaumont Smith) *
In The Wake of the Bounty (1933 Charles Chauvel) * #
The Squatter's Daughter (1933, Ken Hall)
Two Minutes Silence (1933 Paulette McDonagh)
Waltzing Matilda (1933, Pat Hanna)
Clara Gibbings (1933, F W Thring)
The Man They Could Not Hang (1934, Raymond Longford)
The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934, Ken Hall)
Splendid Flowers (1934, Beaumont Smith)
Streets of London (1934, F W Thring)
Strike Me Lucky (1934, Ken Hall)
A Ticket in Tatts (1934, F W Thring) *
When the Kelly's Rode (1934, Harry Southwell)
Grandad Rudd (1935, Ken Hall)
Heritage (1935, Charles Chauvel) *
The Flying Doctor (1936, Miles Mander)
Orphan of the Wilderness (1936, Ken Hall)
Rangle River (1936, Clarence Badger)
Thoroughbred (1936, Ken Hall)
Uncivilised (1936, Charles Chauvel) * #
White Death (1936, Edwin G Bowen)
It Isn't Done (1937, Ken Hall)
Lovers and Luggers (1937, Ken Hall)
Phantom Gold (1937, Rupert Kathner)
Tall Timbers (1937, Ken Hall)
The Broken Melody (1938, Ken Hall)
Typhoon Treasure (1938, Noel Monkman)
Dad and Dave Come To Town (1938, Ken Hall) *
Let George Do It (1938, Ken Hall) *
Show Business (1938 A. R Harwood)
Come Up Smiling (1939, William Freshman)
Gone To The Dogs (1939, Ken Hall) *
Mr Chedworth Steps Out (1939, Ken Hall)
Seven Little Australians (1939, Arthur Grevill Collins) *
Dad Rudd MP (1940, Ken Hall) *
Forty Thousand Horsement (1940, Charles Chauval) * #
Wings of Destiny (1940 Rupert Kathner)
The Power and the Glory (1941 Noel Monkman)
Racing Luck (1941, Rupert Kathner)
That Certain Something (1941 Clarence Badger)
A Yank in Australia (1942 Alf Goulding)
The Rats of Tobruk (1944, Charles Chauvel)* #
The Overlanders (1946, Harry Witt) *
Smithy (1946, Ken Hall)
A Son is Born (1946, Eric Porter)
Always Another Dawn (1947, T O McCreadie)
Bush Christmas (1947, Ralph Smart) *
Eureka Stockade (1949, Harry Watt) *
Into The Straight (1949 T O McCreadie)
Sons of Matthew (1949, Charles Chauvel) * #
Strong is the Seed (1949, Arthur Greville Collins)
Bitter Springs (1950, Ralph Smart) *
The Kangaroo Kid (1950, Lesley Selander)
The Glenrowan Affair (1951, Rupert Kathner)
Wherever She Goes (1951, Michael S Gordon)
Kangaroo (1952, Lewis Milestone) * #
Captain Thunderbolt (1953, Cecil Holmes)
Phantom Stockman (1953, Lee Robinson)
King of the Coral Sea (1954, Lee Robinson)
Long John Silver (1954, Byron Haskin) * #
Jedda (1955, Charles Chauvel) * #
Smiley (1956, Anthony Kimmins) * #
Walk Into Paradise (1956, Lee Robinson)
A Town Like Alice (1956, Jack Lee) * #
The Shiralee (1957, Leslie Norman) * #
Robbery Under Arms (1957, Jack Lee) * #
Three In One (1957, Celcil Holmes)
Dust in the Sun (1958, Lee Robinson)
Smiley Gets A Gun (1958, Anthony Kimmins) * #
The Stowaway (1958, Lee Robinson)
On The Beach (1959, Stanley Kramer) * #
The Seige of Pinchgut (1959, Harry Watt)
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959, Leslie Norman) *
The Restless and The Damned (1959 Yves Allegret)
Shadow of the Boomerang (1960, Dick Ross)
The Sundowners (1960, Fred Zinneman) *
Bungala Boys (1961, Jim Jeffrey)
They Found a Cave (1962, Andrew Stean)
Clay (1965, Giorgio Mangiamele)
They're a Weird Mob (1966, Michael Powell) * #
Journey Out of Darkness (1967, James Trainer)
Nobody Runs Forever (1968, Ralph Thomas) * #
Time in Summer (1968, Ludwick Dutkiewicz)
Age of Consent (1969, Michael Powell) * #
The Intruders (1969, Lee Robinson) *
It Takes ALl Kinds (1969 Eddie Davis)
Two Thousand Weeks (1969, Tim Burstall)
You Can't See 'round Corners (1969 David Cahill)

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Poster: mrgr1ff Date: Feb 7, 2009 4:27pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

Hey video_cellar,

I really appreciate your posts. I am working on a thesis on representations of aboriginality. At the moment, my investigations are focused on the 1930s as its so important in mapping the shift from "absorption" to "assimilation."

"Uncivilised" was particularly useful since I'd seen "Jedda" but didn't realise that Chauvel had worked with this subject matter in the past. I have a few qs

1) Do you have access to any of the other films you mention in this list?

2) Do you have synopses of any of them? I am particularly interested in identifying films that represent aboriginal people?

3) Do you have any, or know of any ethnographic films from the period? Did Margaret Mead, or such, ever produce any ethnographic material on Australia? Short of going to the AIATSIS library or the Nla, is there any way of finding the availability of such material?

4) Do you have, or know how to obtain, Tracey Moffatt films on DVD. I'm sure these wouldn't be on CC licences but I would def. consider purchasing.



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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 8, 2009 6:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our rfriend(s) in Australia

Its great to know that this kind of work is being done.

To answer your questions.

1) I have access to most of the films that are marked as released on video or DVD at some stage.

2) Charles Chauvel's "Heritage", which is essentially a history of White Australia, also contains some representations of Aboriginals. Most of the feature films, even the rural dramas, are generally set in a world without Aboriginals. Indicative of the period. Its not really until the 1970s that representations of Aboriginal Australia came to mainstream cinema. Also of interest maybe "Kangaroo" its a Hollywood studio picture filmed in Australia.

3) Margeret Mead's film work focused mainly on Papua New Guinea and Samoa. As far as I know she never made any ethnographic films in Australia. I have heard that Robert Flaherty may have taken some film in Australia, but I can find no record of it (The NFSA only has Flaherty's drama's "Elephant Boy" and "Man of Aran". They don't even have "Nanook of the North".)
There is a long history of ethnographic film in Australia going right back to the early 1900s (NFSA has 45 seconds of Baldwin Spencer's film of Aboriginal dancing from 1904). However, alot of these films are unavailable due to the cultural sensitivity of the material they contain.
I have access to a compilation of two 1946 ethnographic films by Charles Mountford "Walkabout" and "Tjuranga" and a number of 1960s and 70s films by Roger Sandall ("Camels and the Pitjantjara", "Coniston muster scenes from a stockman's life" and "A Walbiri fire ceremony - Ngatjakula") and Ian Dunlop (almost the entire Yirrkala Film Project). I also have access to "Lousy Little Sixpence" the documentary film of an early 80s stolen generations oral history project. And I have some interesting 1930s newsreel footage from the early Australian TV documentary series "A Year to Remember".

4) Tracey Mofatt's films are fairly easily accessible. Most university libraries have them and they are available for purchase on video from Ronin Films.

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Poster: gestroud Date: Feb 1, 2009 10:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: to our friend(s) in Australia

Thank you for taking the time to organize that list. I imagine it must have take a while to put together.

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